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A Christmas Carol
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minuteness
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A Christmas Carol
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  • This might have lasted half a minute, or a minute, but it seemed an hour.
  • This might have lasted half a minute, or a minute, but it seemed an hour.

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  • Five minutes, ten minutes, a quarter of an hour went by, yet nothing came.
  • Five minutes, ten minutes, a quarter of an hour went by, yet nothing came.
  • The mention of his name cast a dark shadow on the party, which was not dispelled for full five minutes.
  • In half a minute Mrs. Cratchit entered—flushed, but smiling proudly—with the pudding, like a speckled cannon-ball, so hard and firm, blazing in half of half-a-quartern of ignited brandy, and bedight with Christmas holly stuck into the top.
  • He was at home in five minutes.
  • He was full eighteen minutes and a half behind his time.
  • Scrooge’s niece played well upon the harp; and played among other tunes a simple little air (a mere nothing: you might learn to whistle it in two minutes), which had been familiar to the child who fetched Scrooge from the boarding-school, as he had been reminded by the Ghost of Christmas Past.
  • Come back with him in less than five minutes and I’ll give you half-a-crown!"

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as in: a minute amount Define
very, very small
as in: keep the minutes Define
a written record of what happened at a meeting
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